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The Raid 2

Action . Crime . Thriller

After fighting his way through an apartment building populated by an army of dangerous criminals and escaping with his life, SWAT team member Rama goes undercover, joining a powerful Indonesian crime syndicate to protect his family and uncover corrupt members of his own force.

Actors: Iko Uwais , Arifin Putra , Tio Pakusodewo , Oka Antara , Julie Estelle , Ken'ichi Endô , Kazuki Kitamura , Donny Alamsyah , Alek Abbad , Very Tri Yulisman , Tio Pakusadewo
Directors: Gareth Evans
Release: 2014-04-11
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  • Peter Hartlaub

    Evans pays careful attention to atmosphere, while giving wide berth to cinematographers Dimas Imam Subhono and Matt Flannery, who find beauty among the mayhem. Everything on screen is crystal clear and vibrant, like a city street right after the rain.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Amber Wilkinson

    Hyper-violent it may be but there is beauty in its brutality.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Robert Cameron Fowler

    If The Raid: Redemption was a thrashing drum solo, its sequel is the opulent symphony where every instrument is played with fevered inspiration.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Miraculously, the new picture makes the old one feel like Evans was just warming up.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Wow. For those with strong constitutions, The Raid 2 offers one of the most intense motion picture experiences available; it may also be the most violent movie ever to be released into theaters.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Bruce Ingram

    If what you’re after is insane, mind-bogglingly violent martial arts action, “The Raid 2” is quite possibly the ultimate.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    The Raid 2 lets its warriors rip for two and a half thrilling hours. With the precision of dance and the punch of a KO champion, Evans keeps the action coming like nobody's business. The wow factor is off the charts.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • William Goss

    Good luck finding a modern martial-arts epic that can even hold a candle to it. Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    The Raid 2 will make you feel like Christmas came nine months early. Some action sequels don't know when to say when. But here's one where too much is just the right amount.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • James Rocchi

    The Raid 2 brings the noise, but length, repetition and too much space also make it a slightly reduced echo of its predecessor.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Nick de Semlyen

    A bulkier, slower beast than Evans’ first film. But when it enters combat mode, it’s more raucously bloodthirsty than anything you’ve ever seen. Unless you’re Ross Kemp.

    Empire Full Review
  • Noel Murray

    The tedium of The Raid 2’s setup is offset by some of the most jaw-dropping, bone-crunching, flesh-ripping setpieces ever filmed.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    No other filmmaker on the planet can touch Evans for long-take beatdowns and wildly inventive flourishes.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • David Rooney

    There are tradeoffs with the switch to a more epic, ambitious canvas, but Gareth Evans’ action sequel in most ways that count is an even more masterful jolt of high-energy genre filmmaking.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Josh Kupecki

    The Raid 2 doesn’t so much raise the bar for action filmmaking as it pummels that bar into a mangled piece of metal that resembles nothing if not the gauntlet that’s been thrown down here. Just don’t forget to breathe.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Adam Nayman

    Gareth Evans’s sequel to his surprise 2011 hit takes the original’s basic formula – lots of people pounding on each other in close quarters – and simply stretches it over a much longer running time.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Those with a high tolerance for violence and gore — at one point, Rama battles assassins labeled “Baseball Bat Man’’ and “Hammer Girl’’ simultaneously — will eat up The Raid 2.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    And yes, it’s all insanely, relentlessly gory. You could say (and some will) that the gratuitousness of the violence in The Raid 2 is a problem. But it all functions as part of the surreal dance of death.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    As inventive as the action sequences are, there are too many of them and they tend to go on far too long — the movie is just shy of two-and-a-half hours. Still, Evans' filmmaking has undergone some impressive fine-tuning for The Raid 2. It is something to see — if you have the stomach for it.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Nicolas Rapold

    The pleasant surprise of Gareth Evans’s sturdy sequel to “The Raid: Redemption” is that neither its undercover drama nor its two-and-a-half-hour length bog down the bracing, and numerous, fight fests.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    Much as I enjoyed watching most of it, I was deeply grateful when it was over and feel no strong desire to see the inevitable “Raid 3.” Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    It’s hard to shake a nagging feeling of more is less; with its convoluted plot mechanics clearly cribbed from past thriller templates, the film never quite generates or sustains its predecessor’s pure sense of menace.

    Variety Full Review
  • Ben Kenigsberg

    The Raid 2 takes a substantially different tack from that of its 2011 predecessor, adding a convoluted plot and only intermittently attending to the sort of acrobatic ass-kicking for which the original became a global smash.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Tom Russo

    The film was technically astonishing and yet brazenly simple.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    The plot is murky, the acting is melodramatic and the movie is way too long, but the target audience will salivate over the inventively choreographed set-pieces.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Mark Jenkins

    The brawling itself is every bit as inventive and exhilarating this time around... The script and acting, however, prove less successful.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Jesse Cataldo

    It's all showy viscera, no ballet, and wan attempts at the gravity of something like Drug War, with implicit statements made about the deadening nature of violence or the moral equivalency of state-sanctioned and criminal force, don't come close to cohering.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    This newer installment is every bit its predecessor's match as far as action goes. Where it exceeds it, however, is in the between-the-fights moments.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Henry Barnes

    The Raid 2's faults are not in Evans's technique – he's unusually adept at capturing the art of violence. Instead, the film suffers from too much potential.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Glenn Kenny

    The action stuff in The Raid 2, while likely to alienate the squeamish and summon dark thoughts of cinematic nihilism amongst overthinking highbrows, really IS like nothing else out there. Full Review
  • Amy Nicholson

    The raw ingredients of Raid 2 are superb. But the overall effect is gluttonous and queasy.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    “The Raid” was a great action film in which the violence, excessive though it was, served as obstacles in the hero’s simple quest. In Raid 2 the violence is the movie, its excess used to cover for an inept story, thinly-drawn characters and dead spots.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    For better or worse, the blood and bone-crunching remains most prominent.

    New York Daily News Full Review
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